The investigation into the cause of the fire is continuing and damages are still being assessed. However, early indications indicate that the ethylene unit will be out of service for approximately 2- 3 weeks while repairs are made. During this time planned maintenance scheduled for later in the year for the vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) unit will be moved forward, thus reducing the need for further down time throughout the year. The complex's chlorine and PVC units will continue to operate at reduced rates during this time. The company preliminarily estimates that its EBITDA for 2004 will be impacted by this incident by approximately $6 -10mm.
Westlake Vinyls is a subsidiary of Westlake Chemical Corporation, a Houston based international manufacturer and supplier of petrochemicals, polymers and fabricated products. The company's range of products includes ethylene, polyethylene, styrene, vinyl intermediates, PVC and PVC pipe, windows and fence.
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